The Grift

The Grift

by Debra Ginsberg
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Grift 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first novel. I recently finished the book and I hate to say that I wished it never end. The story line kept my attention throughout and I couldn't wait to see what happened next with Marina's clients. The experience from being told you have a gift as a child to finding out that you indeed have the gift to see the future when she became an adult but not enough to understand the impact to prevent a murder. Marina's character was strong and she never gave up on herself and her ability to help others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Did you notice how the 'r' is slightly dropped in the title? The definitions that precede the beginning of the novel explain this. 'grift - n. a group of methods used for obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, etc.' 'gift - n. a special ability or capacity' Intriguing...and even more so after the prologue. While out on the boardwalk with her junkie mother an old fortune teller identifies a young girl - Marina - as having the 'gift'. Her mother continues to exploit this ideas as Marina is growing up. Fast forward to the present and we find Marina making a living as a psychic, but as a grifter. She is very adept at reading someone's body language and small clues they provide to give them 'psychic' readings. Marina has to leave Florida quickly and she opens a new shop in California, with a valuable ruby ring from her last client on a chain around her neck. While working at a party as a fortune teller, she meets Madeline - a spoiled rich woman, Cooper a confused gay man in love with Max, an even more confused psychiatrist. These introductions lead to more new clients whose lives are inextricably intertwined with each other's and with Marina's. And the ruby ring seems to be a part of all of it. Through a seemingly inevitable chain of events, Marina predicts a murder, but then becomes the prime suspect. But - she's not faking any longer- her psychic ability is actually real now. She just can't see the murderer's face. Just released last month, The Grift defies categorizing for me. It's a mystery, it has some 'otherworldly' aspects but is also a love story and just a really good all round read. It doesn't descend into unbelievability despite the psychic theme but rather presents a 'what if' alternative. Every character was distinctly drawn and came to life for me. Some are flawed, others lovable, some despicable but all come across as real. I found myself reading 'just one more chapter' to find out what would happen next. It's always a treat to find a 'new' ( for me) author like Debra Ginsberg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a different novel; engaging and quirky without being pretentious. I really enjoyed it.
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Kathy Mikulski More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Quick, fun, and easy read!!
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MaxreaderTX More than 1 year ago
Ginsberg has quickly become one of my favorite authors! This story about a "psychic" is a fun ride! Ginsberg is great at endearing the reader to the eclectic cast of characters! It's very cool how all of Marina's clients are randomly interconnected and how the story progresses for each through the "readings" with Marina. Really fast and enjoyable read. If you have ever wondered whether the "gift" is real or not, you will love this book!
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i live where this story takes place. i enjoyed reading this book for at least this reason. the author got the landscape right. however, her vision of the "culture" is a caricature at best. i find it hard to believe that it was a notable book for the new york times. it does not have that kind of depth at all. however, it is a VERY entertaining light read. the characters are well developed. the story is fun. it is a beach read:)
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StatenIslandReader More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this author's style, tone and characters. It was very original and enjoyable.
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lilpiggie More than 1 year ago
The Grift is just that, a scam, or...is it really more of a gift (noting the dropped "r" in the title)? This is where the questions start, right from the beginning. A woman who has been trained by her mother to be a fortuneteller since she was a child learns that telling people what they want to hear can be very profitable. As an adult, she stumbles into actually being able to see what the future holds for her clients and she is compelled to tell them the truth, but suddenly they are not so eager for her advice. In fact, business becomes nearly non-existent, friends disappear and everything begins to fall apart around her. There are multiple storylines going on throughout the book, following her clients lives, but they all revolve around thier psychic friend. Soon they are intermingled and when she becomes involved in the circumstances of a murder she must choose to use the gift that she has, but also her skills as a grifter. Beyond the actual story, this is a great book that makes you think about the line between telling someone the whole truth or telling them what they want or need to hear. It raises interesting questions about the secrets that everyone keeps and what one would choose to do with the power of knowing the secrets of others. I found it a very interesting and unique read. It was a bit choppy moving back and forth among the characters, but not difficult to follow. The mystery had a somewhat predictable ending, but it was not until the very end that you you could be sure what would come of things, so it certainly was not a simple tale. I would definitely recommend it as something truly different and thought provoking.
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